Clarks, Hinder, Strapp, RWB set for rib fest
Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:
• The Stadium GM Ribs-N-Rock Festival expands from three days to four and will feature a mix of regional favorites and hitmakers from the late 1990s / early ’00s for its second year at Southern Park Mall in Boardman.
The festival runs June 27 to 30, and this year’s event will start the same way as last year with Pittsburgh’s The Clarks headlining the main stage. Generation Rock will open.
Hinder, best known for the hits “Lips of an Angel” and “Better Than Me,” is booked for June 28 with Radio Pulse.
Scott Stapp, who sold more than 25 million albums in the U.S. and won a Grammy Award as the lead singer of Creed, will perform on June 29 with The Fillbillys opening.
And the final day of the festival will be Columbus’ Red Wanting Blue (I may have mentioned once or twice in this space that I’m a big fan) along with The Vindys.
Day passes are available in advance for $7.50 and weekend passes good for all four days are $26 in advance online at rib snrock.com.
• Foo Fighters only has a handful of U.S. dates announced for 2019, and none within 500 miles of Trumbull County until it headlines the Sonic Temple Festival in Columbus in May.
However, fans will be able to catch the band’s next performance on a screen, if not in person.
Foo Fighters and special guest Run the Jewels will perform Saturday at Atlantic Station in Atlanta as part of the Super Bowl LIII festivities. Direct TV subscribers will be able to watch the concert live on Channel 239, and those who don’t subscribe can see it via Twitter at twit ter.com/DIRECTTV. The live stream starts at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, with Foo Fighters scheduled to play at 11 p.m.
• The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announced this week it will have an exhibition celebrating the history of the Vans Warped Tour, and it will be one of only three cities hosting the tour’s 25th anniversary concerts.
“Forever Warped: 25 Years of Vans Warped Tour” is described as a comprehensive exhibit documenting the history of the tour from its inception in 1995 until its final cross-country run in 2018. It will include a variety of artifacts, from instruments played by members of Fall Out Boy, No Doubt, Rancid and Reel Big Fish to stage clothing worn by Joan Jett and Ice-T.
Coinciding with the opening of the exhibition on June 8 will be a concert “featuring bands from across the 24-year history of the tour,” according to the press release. The lineup will be announced on March 1. Ticket presales will start Feb. 25, and the tickets will go on sale to the general public the day the lineup is announced.
The only other locations for the tour’s 25th anniversary events are Atlantic City Beach in New Jersey on June 29 and 30 and Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, on July 20 and 21.
• As I said in last week’s column, LaureLive announced its lineup last week. Turns out they didn’t bring back Michael Franti, but I was right in guessing that Castlecomer would be back for a second year.
The fourth LaureLive will feature Hozier, Dirty Heads, Moon Taxi, Misterwives, Coin, Dennis Lloyd, Alec Benjamin, The Blue Stones, Motopony, The Suitcase Junket, Northern National, The Vindys, Rebounder, Julia Thompson, JD Eicher and The Dead Licks on June 8.
The lineup for June 9 features Sheryl Crow, Trombone Shorty, Lake Street Dive, AJR, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Red Sun Rising, Castlecomer, Emily Hackett, Caroline Jones, Doc Robinson, Clubhouse, The Furies, Front Porch Lights, Ashley Fulton and The Shootouts.
The Elevation Group, promoters of the fest, also announced they have addressed food service issues last year (hour-plus waits for food last year has some concertgoers saying they should rename the event LaureLine). The plan calls for nine food stands and five food trucks in the main area and additional food trucks on the south side of the grounds with at least 25 point-of-sale windows for hungry music fans.
Tickets are on sale now at www.laurelive.com.
Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at agray@tribto day.com